Fondation iris, Pandola Gabon tournage du film "Poumon vert et tapis rouge"





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Fondation Iris is a private foundation under the aegis of  Fondation de France. It was created in December 2012. Its aim is to promote conservation of the environment and "Help to safeguard the fragile beauty of the world."


The foundation supports actions to preserve or restore vulnerable sites, whether cultural or natural, as well as actions to respond concretely to the loss of biodiversity in all kinds of environments. It promotes events and works by artists and photographers, who contribute to the enhancement of the sites or the public awareness on these themes. The foundation also supports agroecology in France.Finally the foundation organizes or supports scientific expeditions around the world.


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Expeditions de la Fondation Iris, bateau indonésien dessiné par Stéphanie Ledoux
préservation des sites et des espèces, fondation Iris, guépard sur un arbre
Sensibilisation à l'environnement, fondation Iis, ruche d'abeills
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livre "Au premier matin du monde" de la Fondation Iris



Award of the IRIS / Society of French Explorers Scholarship.

Remise du prix Iris/Sef
Remise du prix Iris/Sef

Remise du prix à Régis Belleville - Kalahari, les pistes inexplorées .

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Bourse Iris/Sef
Bourse Iris/Sef

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Hommage à Jean-Marie Hullot
Hommage à Jean-Marie Hullot

Hommage à Jean-Marie Hullot

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Scientific curiosity, thirst for going beyond the known, thirst for wonder, freedom and audacity, but also respect for sites and peoples,…   these are the values that the IRIS Foundation wanted promote through the ten expeditions supported since  9 years. 

Expeditions have historically been the vector of discoveries, they continue to bring a lot of knowledge and recently they have raised ecological awareness. They nourish scientists as well as the general public.  

Aware of the excellence of French exploration, past and present, aware of the financial needs of expeditions, the IRIS Foundation , together with the Society of French Explorers , is launching the SEF IRIS Scholarship.

This scholarship is intended for members of the Society of French Explorers, for an expedition oriented towards the themes of biodiversity and the  preservation of sites, by providing _cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b- 136bad5cf58d_knowledge, by promoting the dissemination of knowledge and awareness of these themes.

The IRIS foundation helps the association  Kalaweit to acquire forest areas in West Sumatra

Supayang (Credit Laurie Virolle)
Supayang (Credit Laurie Virolle)

Paysage de Supayang

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Tigre (Supayang Reserve) credit Kalaweit
Tigre (Supayang Reserve) credit Kalaweit

Tigre de Supayang

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Patrouille équestre dans la réserve de Supayang

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The Kalaweit association has been fighting in Indonesia for the preservation of biodiversity since 1994. Created by Chanee, known for her commitment to gibbons, she collects animals from trafficking and creates private reserves, monitored by equestrian and aerial patrols. Kalaweit works with local communities to ensure very long-term forest protection. 

The IRIS foundation is helping Kalaweit to acquire forest areas in West Sumatra, to expand the Supayang reserve. 

It is an area of forest very rich in biodiversity: there are gibbons, siamangs, bears, clouded leopards, golden cats, pangolins, tapirs, muntjacs and even tigers. Disappeared from the region for decades, the tiger was observed in the Supayang reserve for the first time in 2019, thanks to our actions to protect the forest.  This is a great victory, to which the Iris Foundation contributes.  

The return of the tiger benefits the local populations, whose plantations were constantly destroyed by wild pigs, which no longer come out in the open since the return of the predator.



RRF grant awarded at the end of February to the W-Arly-Pendjari Complex (Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger)



On February 8 and 10, 2022, attacks with improvised explosive devices resulted in the deaths of four forest rangers, two drivers, an instructor and a soldier, in the  complex W-Arly-Pendjari (Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger) inscribed on the World Heritage List.

The UNESCO  Rapid Response Facility, (RRF), that the Iris Foundation financially supports, reacted quickly to help the victims financially and support the continuity of conservation actions.

This attack demonstrates the very serious threats that those on the front lines can face while  protecting our world's exceptional biodiversity. In addition to providing much needed support to those directly affected by these attacks, RRF funds will be used to increase the mine clearance capacity at the site. 

The W-Arly-Pendjari complex was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2017 for its crucial role in maintaining biodiversity. The area is home to 85% of West Africa's remaining savannah elephants, the only viable population of lions in the region and probably one of the few cheetah populations in West Africa.

The Iris Foundation supports Marie-Monique Robin's film

"The Factory of Pandemics"

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Preserving biodiversity is protecting our health

During the period of shock and confinement, the IRIS foundation dared dream that a work be done on the link between zoonoses and the expansion of human populations and activities in natural areas, reservoirs of potential diseases.

“The Factory of Pandemics” provides the most brilliant explanation.

Furthermore it allows us to better understand the role of biodiversity as protection against some of the emerging diseases.

This is why the IRIS foundation is happy to support M2R films. 

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here is  broadcast dates


  • Ushuaia TV, May 22 

  • France TV Overseas May 23

The  movie preview list


  •   April 22: PARIS - UNESCO - 7 p.m.  

  •   April 23: BASEL - 5 p.m.  

  •   April 26: LUXEMBOURG  

  •   April 27: PARIS 

  • April 28: MOUANS-SARTOUX  

  •   April 29 or May 3  (date to be confirmed) - MARSEILLE 

  • May 04: GEVÈVE 

  • May 05: CORK 

  • May 06: STRASBOURG - UGC RIVE ETOILE - 8 p.m. 

  • May 09: PARIS - COLLEGE DES BERNARDINS - 2.30 p.m. 

  • May 10:  DECINES-CHARPIEU (Lyon suburbs) - Toboggan

  • May 11: BRUSSELS - Cinema Galleries - 8 p.m. 

  • May 12: MONTPELLIER - Diagonal 

  • May 13: CÉRET - 8 p.m.

  • May 14: TOULOUSE  

  •   May 16: PARIS  

  •   May 17: PARIS  

  •   May 18: PARIS  

  •   May 19 - DOUAI

  •   May 20: BORDEAUX - UTOPIA  

  •   May 21: NIORT - Moulin du Roc - 8 p.m.


The Iris Foundation is a partner of Nicolas Goudeau-Monvois’  documentary film "Loire, terre sauvage" Loire wild land    broadcast Thursday March 17 on France 3 Pays de La Loire.

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In the Pays de la Loire region, vineyards, nature reserves and coastlines stretch along its emblematic river and are home to a remarkable wildlife. Small harvest rats build their nests, beavers raise their young, plovers brave sand storms…

But these inspiring animal stories hide another reality : the extreme imbalance in our ecosystems.  Invasive species have taken advantage of these disrupted environments to establish themselves and compete with the local protected species. Fertile lands have turned into agricultural deserts and pollution is poisoning the soil, water and beaches.

However, the urgency for a change in our practices  is gaining ground in the region and is already allowing the return of species that we had feared to lose.

While following the epics of animals affected by the current ecological issues, this journey invites us to (re)discover the natural beauty of the Pays de la Loire.


La Fondation IRIS supports The Rapid Response Facility (RRF)




The Brazilian Cerrado is the largest savannah region in South America, an the most biodiverse savannah in the world. It  encompass 2 World Heritage sites. The Cerrado biome supports many rare and endemic animals and plants, including the giant anteater, giant armadillo, maned wolf, jaguar, pampas deer, and also the rhea – South America’s largest bird. 

However, the Cerrado faces severe challenges; it has one of the highest deforestation rates in Brazil, and is threatened by cyclical fires which could result in species extinctions. Fires are traditionally used to enhance agricultural productivity, but can quickly get out of control if not properly managed. 

La Fondation IRIS supports The Rapid Response Facility (RRF) which helps the coordination of  the fire-fighting efforts of the different agencies and groups involved. Funds strengthen teams on-the-ground by providing essential equipment (vehicle, water pumps, fire-blowers and safety equipment, food, fuel, communications equipment such as drones, and the development of a mobile phone application).


The Iris Foundation supports  "Life on Land" Ivory Coast  agroecology training program and cultural center  



At the end of November 2021, the first training program in agroecological market gardening was held in accordance with the recommendations of the agrarian diagnosis previously carried out by Terre et Humanisme and Béo Neeré. 

The program :  

  • definition of agroecology, 

  • making compost, bokashi, 

  • setting up a culture bed, 

  • learning about crop associations and rotations, focus on peasant seeds, 

  • natural pest and disease control, etc.

The first training course in agroecological market gardening with the Life on Land team and 4 groups of farmers, mostly women, was a success. The next training courses in breeding, field crops and processing are scheduled fo 2022.

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The Iris Foundation supports  the Argos collective which presents the exhibition "Amer"  on ocean grabbing and the struggles to preserve this common good.

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This photo exhibition comes in the wake of the "One Ocean Summit"  

A perfect destination for the work of Argos photographer reporters, widely seen and publicized on this occasion! Exhibition in Brest from February 8 to March 8.



  • The Collective Argos brings together seven journalists. Engaged in a documentary approach, their work can be photographic, written, sound or filmed.

  • A first documentary series on climate refugees broadcast by the world press and published by MIT, followed by a series on the ecological footprint and the impact of carbon in the world shows that Amer is a long-term work.  The project that began  four years ago focuses on the ocean and its man-made devastation: plastic pollution, overfishing, mass tourism, mining, global warming.

  • After making the first documentary series on climate refugees broadcast by the world press and published by MIT, then a series on the ecological footprint and the impact of carbon in the world, Amer is a long-term work, started there four years ago, focusing on the oceans and its man-made devastation: plastic pollution, overfishing, mass tourism, mining, global warming


Commitments made at the One Ocean Summit held in Brest in 2022

  • Further protection of the high seas: the 27 Member States of the European Union joined by 16 third countries concluded an agreement to protect the high seas, which are not subject to any state jurisdiction.

  • Fight plastic pollution at sea: aim for a 100% re-use or recycling of plastics and an end to all single-use products.

  • Create more protected marine areas

  • Fight against overfishing and illegal fishing

  • Accelerate seabed mapping

  • Launch an international coalition for blue carbon: to finance the restoration of seagrass meadows and mangroves, which capture CO2


"Association Francis Hallé pour la forêt primaire"

Restauring a primary forest in Western Europe



Coming soon !


The project location team, within the association, carried out a first study trip to the Northern Vosges.  It is currently preparing a second trip to another potential site: the Ardennes mountains, on the Belgian border.



"Association Francis Hallé pour la forêt primaire"

Restauring a primary forest in Western Europe


Aerial view of the Northern Vosges © Arnaud Hiltzer


"We want to restaure a primary forest in Western Europe."

-  Francis Hallé 

The Iris Foundation  supports Francis Hallé in this ambitious project.


At the initiative of the botanist Francis Hallé, our association works towards the creation of a vast natural zone on a European scale - approximately 70,000 hectares (172,974 acres) - in which an undisturbed forest will evolve autonomously, renewing and developing its fauna and flora without any human intervention over a period of several centuries. This land, yet to be located, will be cross-border with a portion of France.

A primary forest is a forest which has not been cleared, exploited or modified in any way by man. It is a jewel of nature, a true culmination of biodiversity and aesthetics.

Capturing CO2, regulating the climate, preserving biodiversity, replenishing water resources… its benefits are invaluable.

A primary forest is far more beautiful and far richer in life forms than a secondary forest, which is gardened, degraded and limited. In Western Europe, primary forests have been gradually replaced by these “managed” forests.

It takes an estimated 1,000 years for a primary forest to reach a fully developed stage or about 800 years when starting from a secondary forest.

Here is what has been accomplished with the help of the Iris Foundation

Development of the association

  • Hiring of an employee since April

  • Missions entrusted to professionals: communication, website in particular

  • Investing in more professional management tools

  • Organizing our first “face-to-face” AGM

  • Acquisition of premises

Communication and events

  • Website enrichment

  • Campaigns on social networks to improve our visibility and promote our project

  • Participation in several events: Festiwild, Gondwana, Ménigoute, Le Der

Project recognition

  • Presenting the project at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

  • Liaise with several public institutions: European Commission, Unesco, Presidency of the French Republic, ministries, ONF, local communities ... etc.

  • Participation in the "Assises de la forêt"


Scientific work

  • Carrying out the first study trip to locate a potential site

  • Producing scientific notes to improve our knowledge on potential territories

  • Hiring a post-doctoral fellow to help us work on project acceptability issues and implementation conditions.



For those who are interested in the polar expeditions of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, a former student of the École Alsacienne, those who have the soul of an adventurer, those who are passionate about science, the environment and geopolitics, those for whom the polar regions rhyme with enchanting lands, 🎥 find the conferences in videos.

Stopovers: La Rochelle, Rouen, a stopover of the "Le Français" for repairs  in Lorient. The polar school leaves the "Le Français" to be hosted by the "Le Marité" for its  stopover in Granville.

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The IRIS Foundation supports the film:

"Green Forests and the Red Carpet" directed by Luc Marescot.



The IRIS Foundation supports the film " Green Forests and the Red Carpet " , directed by Luc Marescot.

To help the famous botanist Francis Hallé in his fight to save the tropical forests, a documentary film maker passionate with nature decides to make his way into the movie industry.

He wants to make a Hollywood blockbuster, an ecological thriller, which would reach a larger audience, and inspire people to take action for nature. He envisions Leonardo DiCaprio for the lead role

By going out of his comfort zone, the filmmaker begins a new and difficult adventure, for the sake of the forests. Between two shooting sessions we find him in Amazonia, Gabon, Papua New Guinea, Costa Rica ... we see him make his way with obstinate malice to Hollywood, Berlin, Cannes, Paris, up to Claude Lelouch's editing room, Juliette Binoche's office, among others.

" Green Forests and The Red Carpet " tells his journey, his unwavering determination his obsession, and delivers a universal message: never give up and hang on to your dreams. This adventure is  itself a suspens thriller ... with at stake: will his film - to help save the tropical forests - ever exist?


This film is Dedicated to Jean-Marie HULLOT.

Ask to program it in your city from the distributor  Destiny Movies




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